T20 World Cup gets under way

IT'S definitely not for the purists and has been described disparagingly as "pyjama cricket", but the ICC T20 World Cup nonetheless gets under way in the Caribbean tomorrow.

IT'S definitely not for the purists and has been described disparagingly as "pyjama cricket", but the ICC T20 World Cup nonetheless gets under way in the Caribbean tomorrow.

The South African side attending the event appears to have a nice blend of youth and experience.

At the helm is captain Graeme Smith who will be backed up by his trusty lieutenant Jacques Kallis. Initially, overlooked T20 player because of a perceived slow-scoring rate, Kallis has proved his critics wrong and was one of top performers at the recent IPL competition.

Herschelle Gibbs also gets a chance to prove his critics wrong. When switched on, Gibbs is a league of his own. The problem is, it has been too sporadic and if he does not come good this time round, it may well be the end of road to what has been an illustrious career for him.

Other familiar names that are part of the South African squad include Mark Boucher who will keep wicket with AB de Villiers, JP Duminy, Loots Bosman and Johan Botha.

Proteas are on Group C where they have been pitted against India and Afghanistan.

The knockout stages will be played between May 6 to 11, while the semifinals are scheduled for May 13 and 14 and the final on May 16.

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